Mercy Beyond Borders
(20 minutes) Sudan
Director/Producer: Christopher Jenkins
South Sudan has recently become the world's newest country. It's an unforgiving place where people struggle to survive in some of the harshest conditions imaginable. The long war with the north has taken a brutal toll, with over 2 million dead. Below the new border some 96 ethnic groups now face an uncertain future. Many are suffering, but it's the women and girls who have it the worst. Many are raped and most are routinely traded for cattle and forced to serve their owners. This film is an intimate look into several different southern tribes and highlights the work being done by Mercy Beyond Borders to improve the lives of women and girls primarily through education, health care, and micro-loans.
Christopher Jenkins has been behind the lens of several award-winning films including Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, The Matador, and Riverwebs. His work has aired on PBS, A&E, The History Channel, Travel Channel and The Sundance Channel. Chris received a master’s degree in documentary film and video production from Stanford University and currently teaches environmental media production in the Film and Media Studies Department at UC Santa Barbara. Chris has also worked with deaf Sudanese refugees in East Africa and orphaned children in southern Chile.
Web site: www.mercybeyondborders.org